Today during his general audience, Pope Francis drew attention to the rich diversity within the universal Church, saying that such differences are in fact a sign of unity.
“Dear Brothers and Sisters: in the Creed, we confess that the Church is 'one.' When we consider the rich diversity of languages, cultures and peoples present in the Church throughout the world, we realize that this unity is a God-given gift,” the Pope said told pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 25. “In effect, the Church is one and it is in that same unity, even though it is dispersed throughout the world and there are many diversities.”
“Like a big family, united like brothers in one same faith and hope, in charity and in the sacraments, in the apostolic ministry instituted by Christ.”
“That is why we always need to encourage communion in all of the fields of life,” he said, so that we may “grow in the unity that God gives us, and also to promote the ecumenical journey.”